Letters 10-24-2016

It’s Obama’s 1984 Several editions ago I concluded a short letter to the editor with an ominous rhetorical flourish: “Welcome to George Orwell’s 1984 and the grand opening of the Federal Department of Truth!” At the time I am sure most of the readers laughed off my comments as right-wing hyperbole. Shame on you for doubting me...

Gun Bans Don’t Work It is said that mass violence only happens in the USA. A lone gunman in a rubber boat, drifted ashore at a popular resort in Tunisia and randomly shot and killed 38 mostly British and Irish tourists. Tunisian gun laws, which are among the most restrictive in the world, didn’t stop this mass slaughter. And in January 2015, two armed men killed 11 and wounded 11 others in an attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. French gun laws didn’t stop these assassins...

Scripps’ Good Deed No good deed shall go unpunished! When Dan Scripps was the 101st District State Representative, he introduced legislation to prevent corporations from contaminating (e.g. fracking) or depleting (e.g. Nestle) Michigan’s water table for corporate profit. There are no property lines in the water table, and many of us depend on private wells for abundant, safe, clean water. In the subsequent election, Dan’s opponents ran a negative campaign almost solely on the misrepresentation that Dan’s good deed was a government takeover of your private water well...

Political Definitions As the time to vote draws near it’s a good time to check into what you stand for. According to Dictionary.com the meanings for liberal and conservative are as follows:

Liberal: Favorable to progress or reform as in political or religious affairs.

Conservative: Disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditions and limit change...

Voting Takes A Month? Hurricane Matthew hit the Florida coast Oct. 6, over three weeks before Election Day. Bob Ross (Oct. 17th issue) posits that perhaps evacuation orders from Governor Scott may have had political motivations to diminish turnout and seems to praise Hillary Clinton’s call for Gov. Scott to extend Florida’s voter registration deadline due to evacuations...

Clinton Foundation Facts Does the Clinton Foundation really spend a mere 10 percent (per Mike Pence) or 20 percent (per Reince Priebus) of its money on charity? Not true. Charity Watch gives it an A rating (the same as it gives the NRA Foundation) and says it spends 88 percent on charitable causes, and 12 percent on overhead. Here is the source of the misunderstanding: The Foundation does give only a small percentage of its money to charitable organizations, but it spends far more money directly running a number of programs...

America Needs Change Trump supports our constitution, will appoint judges that will keep our freedoms safe. He supports the partial-birth ban; Hillary voted against it. Regardless of how you feel about Trump, critical issues are at stake. Trump will increase national security, monitor refugee admissions, endorse our vital military forces while fighting ISIS. Vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence will be an intelligent asset for the country. Hillary wants open borders, increased government regulation, and more demilitarization at a time when we need strong military defenses...

My Process For No I will be voting “no” on Prop 3 because I am supportive of the process that is in place to review and approve developments. I was on the Traverse City Planning Commission in the 1990s and gained an appreciation for all of the work that goes into a review. The staff reviews the project and makes a recommendation. The developer then makes a presentation, and fellow commissioners and the public can ask questions and make comments. By the end of the process, I knew how to vote for a project, up or down. This process then repeats itself at the City Commission...

Regarding Your Postcard If you received a “Vote No” postcard from StandUp TC, don’t believe their lies. Prop 3 is not illegal. It won’t cost city taxpayers thousands of dollars in legal bills or special elections. Prop 3 is about protecting our downtown -- not Munson, NMC or the Commons -- from a future of ugly skyscrapers that will diminish the very character of our downtown...

Vote Yes It has been suggested that a recall or re-election of current city staff and Traverse City Commission would work better than Prop 3. I disagree. A recall campaign is the most divisive, costly type of election possible. Prop 3, when passed, will allow all city residents an opportunity to vote on any proposed development over 60 feet tall at no cost to the taxpayer...

Yes Vote Explained A “yes” vote on Prop 3 will give Traverse City the right to vote on developments over 60 feet high. It doesn’t require votes on every future building, as incorrectly stated by a previous letter writer. If referendums are held during general elections, taxpayers pay nothing...

Beware Trump When the country you love have have served for 33 years is threatened, you have an obligation and a duty to speak out. Now is the time for all Americans to speak out against a possible Donald Trump presidency. During the past year Trump has been exposed as a pathological liar, a demagogue and a person who is totally unfit to assume the presidency of our already great country...

Picture Worth 1,000 Words Nobody disagrees with the need for affordable housing or that a certain level of density is dollar smart for TC. The issue is the proposed solution. If you haven’t already seen the architect’s rendition for the site, please Google “Pine Street Development Traverse City”...

Living Wage, Not Tall Buildings Our community deserves better than the StandUp TC “vote no” arguments. They are not truthful. Their yard signs say: “More Housing. Less Red Tape. Vote like you want your kids to live here.” The truth: More housing, but for whom? At what price..

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Letters 11/7/02

Various - November 7th, 2002
Petoskey‘s peace march

I took a few moments on Saturday to view the gathering in Pennsylvania Park and listen to the speakers. The depth of sincerity displayed on the faces of those in attendance was impressive and the passionate opposition to the Bush/Cheney/Big Oil cabal was evident in the slogans on the signs carried by many of the marchers.
It is comforting to know that there are people in this community who are so dedicated to stopping the proposed war for oil that they are willing to take time out of their busy schedules and drive into town to make their voices heard.

Bill Mayer • Petoskey

Protect the Peninsula

To the residents of Old Mission Peninsula: how important is the qualit of life you now enjoy? Do you think it just happens and will always be there? Peninsula families have been actively working since the late 1800s to protect it. A lack of caring or a lack of showing your support is all that it will take to lose what has been protected for all these years.
Let us not be known as the generation that was responsible for losing that quality of life, but rather, the generation that helped save it forever. Please vote yes on Peninsula Township Proposal 2 Purchase of Development Rights.

Mark Nadolski • President, Protect the Peninsula

County waste

It is amazing how the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners can spend valuable time discussing the $19,000 (Enterprise, Oct. 10) dues to the Michigan Association of Counties and only a few minutes to shell out $14 million, including bond interest, for a jail eight miles from the courthouse. To top it off, they approved $50,000 for the administrator to use, if needed, to keep this oversized jail project on track.
The MAC dues are peanuts to the millions the board is spending on the facilities without a vote. First, we have the oversized jail on 43 acres when only six acres are needed. Next, there is the rebuilt courthouse that will cost $10 million with bond interest. Then, we have to add the million dollar building being talked about at Lake Leelanau for the offices there now. Overall, we are talking $25 million, not counting the $858,000 already spent on land, studies, surveys, legal and drawings. If it goes as the board directs, we will have county offices in three location in the second smallest county in the state.
Taxpayers never have had a complete plan, cost data, a public hearing or vote. The board ought to remember that
Wexford voters turned down a jail project miles from the courthouse. Recently, Northwest Airlines announced plans to consolidate aircraft maintenance facilities to save millions and cut 1,450 employee. To no avail, two highly qualified individuals told the board that $5 million could be saved if they consolidated the county facilities at one location.
Counties throughout the state are cutting expenses to relieve the burden on taxpayers. Yet, none of these facts seem to phase the commissioners except one. It is evident, their personal desires take precedence over what is best for the county, taxpayers and residents. I urge you all to let your views be known before it is too late. Otherwise, you‘ll pay for years to come.

Bernard U. Glettler • Maple City

Wage peace

The peace advocacy group of Michigan‘s Grand Traverse District United Methodist Churches has called on President Bush to avert war with Iraq. The group has asked that his attention be directed, rather, to disarming Iraq through full diplomatic participation in the United Nations, to pursuing international terrorism, and to our nation‘s domestic agenda.
The district‘s Swords into Plowshares Peace Center Board, has also urged our two senators and our member of the House of Representatives to pressure the administration not to make war with Iraq.
The case against war with Iraq is well known. The economic sanctions have taken their yearly, deadly toll. War on Iraq would kill many in the U. S. military, and collateral damage would kill countless Iraqi civilians; would destabilize the Middle East and beyond; would undermine U.S. efforts to pursue terrorism; would defy international law and morality, would destroy the United Nations; and would cost many billions of dollars.
Avert war! Lift the sanctions... Return U.N. weaponsinspectors... Endorse and employ the permanent International Criminal Court to charge and try Saddam Hussein for crimes against humanity... Reinstate and expand arms control treaties to reduce/eliminate nuclear weapons... Participate in mutual decision-making in the community of nations... Promote peace-keeping in areas of conflict throughout the world... Fulfill U. S. obligations to the U.N.... Effectively use official and public diplomacy... Attack world-wide poverty and disease...
WAGE PEACE -- Replace the law of force with the force of law.
We add our voices to the millions at home and abroad who have called, and will call, our government to avert war with Iraq.

Fred Linsell• Traverse City
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